Engineers of Jihad: The Curious Connection between Violent Extremism and Education. By Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog

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Title Engineers of Jihad: The Curious Connection between Violent Extremism and Education. By Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog
Creator Fazeli, Saman
Subject Violent Extremism
Diego Gambetta
Steffen Hertog
Description Perhaps it’s hard to imagine an engineer who is also a poet. After all, there seems to be a stark difference between the skills required by each profession. The dichotomy is undergirded by the notion that—whether engineering conditions engineers to act in particular ways, or engineers are born with a certain mindset—engineers possess certain traits, which lead them to do some things rather than others. The present title, Engineers of Jihad, examines the connection between education and another trait: the capacity for violence. The authors are particularly interested in why there is a disproportionate number (indeed, a significant overrepresentation) of engineers among the ranks of Muslim extremists. Based on this observation, they conclude that engineers are more prone to radicalization than other university graduates (11-16). Although the data could be explained by another hypothesis (there is a higher demand for engineers in extremistgroups), the authors maintain that engineers possess certain character traits that predispose them to radicalization (164).
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Publisher The International Institute of Islamic Thought
Date 2020-05-16
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Non-refereed Book Review
Format application/pdf
Source American Journal of Islam and Society; Vol. 37 No. 1-2 (2020): AMERICAN JOURNAL of ISLAM AND SOCIETY; 174-176
Language eng
Rights Copyright (c) 2020 International Institute of Islamic Thought

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